Earlier this week suspected jihadis attacked two airports in northern Mali, destroying the UN peacekeepers office in Gao but causing no casualties. It has been reported that the attackers ‘passed through the regular checkpoints by using vehicles with a U.N. label’. An investigation is underway. In the second attack, rockets were fired at the airport in Timbuktu but landed outside the perimeter.

From Reuters

Militants strike north Mali airports with suicide truck, rockets

Militants have struck two airports in northern Mali with an explosives-laden truck and rockets, residents and a security source said on Wednesday, in attacks that caused no victims but pointed to desert jihadists intensifying their insurgency.

In Gao, the offices of the U.N. peacekeeping mission located next to the airport terminal were razed by Tuesday evening’s truck-bomb explosion which forced the airport to close.

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